Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tab, Tab, Goose (or as They Say in Minnesota, Gray Duck)

Not sure what that headline has to do with it, but the tabs are threatening to blow up my browser once again, so here goes.

I'm not sure how long Chris Hayes will last in his MSNBC gig. It's pretty close to being mainstream media, and clearly his thinking is too nuanced for anything close to primetime. As evidenced by his new book, Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy. Check out this except in The Nation. My head is spinning.

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a graduate student, has crossed an analysis of racist Google search terms, by state, with a look at presidential voting results in 2004 and 2008 to quantify the effect of racist voters on Obama's numbers at the polls. Pretty interesting. And that's not even mentioning what he has to say about Colorado and West Virginia.

A devastating, personal critique of the way our culture and health care system deal with the inevitable decline of aging. By Michael Wolff, from New York magazine. That's all I can say.

The case for single-payer health care from Minnesota's Growth and Justice think tank.

An elegant put down that I almost didn't get at first, from Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing:

Self-delusion is an ugly thing: "While on a 1:1 audio call, users will see content that could spark additional topics of conversation that are relevant to Skype users and highlight unique and local brand experiences. So, you should think of Conversation Ads as a way for Skype to generate fun interactivity between your circle of friends and family and the brands you care about."

From MIT Press: The most fun I've had with proofreading marks in quite some time.

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